Milan museum offers Mt Everest in VR

7 July-26 Aug. Celebrating 65th anniversary of first scaling.

Milan’s National Science and Technology Museum will offer a virtual reality climb to the top of Mount Everest on weekends this summer, taking visitors up 8,848 metres for 45 minutes.

Starting on 7 July and continuing until 26 August, visitors over 12 can put on 10-kg. rucksacks and crampons to scale the Khumbu glacier, the south face, the Hillary Step and other glaciers, crevasses and vertical walls of ice, all accompanied by expert guides.

From the peak of the world’s highest mountain, first scaled by Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, and later for the first time without oxygen by Reinhold Messner 40 years ago, visitors will enjoy one of the most exciting views on the planet.

People accompanying the players will be able to follow the climb on video for no extra charge.

The 45-minute excursions start at 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00  and 18.00 on Saturdays and Sundays, and cost €5 in addition to the museum entry price.

The museum is in Via San Vittore 21; admission costs €10 (€7.50 for reductions), with tickets available on the museum website.